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Seymour takes over Hughson Police
Larry Seymour, a lieutenant with the Sheriffs Department, is the new police chief of Hughson. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Lieutenant Larry Seymour has been appointed as the new chief of police in Hughson from a field of four lieutenants who initially sought the post.

Following a selection process that involved both the county and the city of Hughson, Chief Seymour was selected to take over for Lt. Darin Gharat, who recently retired.

Seymour introduced himself to the Hughson City Council and community at the April 13 council meeting.

"The relationship between the city of Hughson and the Sheriff's Department is a very good one," said Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman. "Welcome, Chief Larry Seymour to Hughson. You are now one of us. Our expectation is that you will continue the long tradition of excellent past chiefs that have served our community faithfully and with dedication."

Seymour has 28 years of law enforcement experience, all with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. He was hired as a custodial deputy in 1987 and after 10 years of working in the jails he moved to patrol operations. He has been assigned to patrol, detectives and Internal Affairs. In 2007 Seymour was promoted to sergeant and has supervised deputies in patrol and investigations. In 2011 he became the Chief Deputy Coroner. Promoted as a lieutenant in 2015, Seymour was assigned to Court Services.

"I want to congratulate Chief Seymour on his selection," said Sheriff Adam Christianson. I know he will do an outstanding job in representing the Sheriff's Department and the citizens of Hughson.

The city has contracted for police services with the Sheriff's Department since 2001. The contract costs Hughson taxpayers $1 million annually. Similar contracts have been inked in Riverbank, Waterford and Patterson.

Seymour is paid $87,672 annually in his new position.